Wisconsin man caught with 30 pounds of pot allegedly

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A Wisconsin man was arrested on drug charges early Tuesday on U.S. Interstate 80.

Mark Anthony Samual Berkebill, 60, of 89 Hosmer St., Marinette, Wisconsin, was charged with controlled substance violation and failure to affix drug stamp.

The incident began about 4:15 a.m. Friday on eastbound U.S. Interstate 80 near the Grand Prairie Parkway exit in Waukee, where an officer of the Waukee Police Department made a traffic stop on a 2021 Toyota Camry that was allegedly “following a pickup too closely,” according to court records.

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The officer made contact with the driver, Berkebill, whom the officer soon suspected of “being deceptive in his travel plans, including when he left his home for his destination, when he left his destination and how long he had been at this location,” according to court records.

Berkebill’s admission to the officer that there was “a THC vape pen in the door of his vehicle” prompted a probable-cause search of the vehicle, which disclosed “30.428 pounds of marijuana in two separate duffle bags in the trunk of the vehicle,” according to court records.

Berkebill is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $10,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Jan. 24 in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.